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Remembering soldiers and a nice guy

Dale Shrull
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Memorial Day weekend is here. The traditional kickoff to summer means a variety of things to people.

Higher gas prices, summer vacation, barbecue season, fun in the sun … but we shouldn’t forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is a day we should remember the sacrifice of the many men and women who have died serving our country.

On Monday remember them.


I was sad to see that one of Glenwood Springs’ true nice guys passed away this week. Geno Yellico was as genuine as they come. For more than 30 years he owned and operated Geno’s Liquors.

I did a story on Geno back in 2006 after a fire closed down his store for a while.

He gave me his simple business philosophy: “Sure, we want to make a buck, but service is what matters.”

That was Geno. He didn’t have to think about customer service, he was always friendly, helpful and appreciative.

Geno Yellico ” a man who loved life and wore the smile to prove it.

He will be missed by so many. My thoughts are with his family and friends.


The 10th annual Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest was a big success.

Close to 250 people attended the festival including 19 young filmmakers.

The winners were: best artistic/ experimental, “Cheap Velvet” by Brett Rogerson of Glenwood Springs High School; best action sports, “Yes, Please” by Max Kendrick of Basalt High School; best drama, “The School” by Taylor Foreman Niko, Scotlyn Neal, Max Kendrick, Cody Kosinski, Jesse Allen and Marshall Cleveland of Basalt High School; best comedy, “Butterscotch” and “Butterscotch Returns” by Taylor Foreman Niko of Basalt High School.

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who participated. Today the student Filmfest, maybe someday it will be the Oscars.

Great job to all.


Mentally tough? Playing with composure? Those are terms that the Denver Nuggets have now earned. After throwing away Game 1 to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Nuggets proved something to everyone in Game 2.

The Nuggets fought back from 14 down in the first half and refused to implode under pressure in a close game down the stretch, as they did in the first game. Now the series is 1-1 and headed to the Mile High City.

Still a long way to go against Kobe Bryant and the playoff-tested Lakers, but the Nuggets are for real.

Do you believe? It’s obvious they do.


The countdown is on for the U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team Trials coming to West Glenwood’s Whitewater Park May 29-31. The event is expected to draw huge crowds to watch some of the best kayakers in the nation compete for a spot on the U.S. team.

This is just the second season for the whitewater park and the rave about the wave continues to grow.

Watch for several stories about the upcoming trials and some of the competitors who will participating in next week’s Post Independent.


Summertime is the time for raising funds, and as usual there are some great opportunities to have fun and raise money for worthy causes.

I’ll try and keep you updated on some of the events coming up.

Got a dirty dog? Of course you do, so here’s your chance to get the dog washed and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

On May 30, the Amazing Racers Relay For Life team will hold a dog wash at the Glenwood Springs Community Center from noon to 3 p.m.

Small dogs will get clean for just $5, and the bigger ones cost $8.

You might say that this is one event that is fur a good cause.


Final thought: This year’s springtime weather has been odd, but for me, it’s been my most allergy-free spring ever.

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